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    Push to oust Jackie Trad over fears of Queensland election defeat
    Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. Picture: AAP
    Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. Picture: AAP


    2 HOURS AGO FEBRUARY 13, 2020
    Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad, is ­staring down pressure from ­within Labor ranks to resign from the leadership team, amid fears she could cost the Palaszczuk ­government power at this year’s state election.

    The divisive leader of Queensland Labor’s dominant Left faction is refusing to budge, despite facing the danger of losing her inner-city seat of South Brisbane and growing angst among Labor backbenchers about their pros­pects at the October 31 poll.

    Ms Trad, who engulfed the ­second-term government in an ­integrity crisis last year over her failure to declare an investment property, is relying on union ­support, particularly that of ­United Voice boss and Labor ­powerbroker Gary Bullock, to stay in cabinet.


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    ALP-commissioned research is understood to have revealed Ms Trad’s unpopularity among voters is just behind that of Clive Palmer.

    The state opposition this week began letterboxing pamphlets labelling the Treasurer as “dodgy” and Premier Annastacia Palasz­czuk as “weak” for not sacking her deputy last year — ahead of the March 28 by-election for the Liberal National Party-held Gold Coast seat of Currumbin.

    The state opposition this week began letterboxing pamphlets labelling the Treasurer as "dodgy".
    The state opposition this week began letterboxing pamphlets labelling the Treasurer as "dodgy".
    Ms Palaszczuk, Ms Trad, State Development Minister Cameron Dick and Tourism Minister Kate Jones — the four most senior cabinet ministers — will bunker down later this week for a “leadership retreat­” to plan for the election.

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    Ms Palaszczuk, through a spokesman, insisted on Wednesday that Ms Trad had her support and that she would remain as Deputy Premier and deliver an early election budget in April.

    The Premier ruled out a cabin­et reshuffle this year.

    A spokesman for Ms Trad said her position had not changed; she had previously insisted she would run again in South Brisbane, where she faces a battle to hold off the Greens, and not parachute into a safer seat.

    Labor insiders said that Ms Palasz­czuk had little choice but to continue to stand by her embattled deputy because of Ms Trad’s powerful leadership of the Left faction and her union support. “The Premier could have acted last year over the investment property and didn’t, and it would be a terrible look if she moved against her ahead of the budget that she then needs to go out and sell,’’ an ALP insider said.

    Concern about Ms Trad in Labor ranks, particularly among regional backbenchers and across all factions, is growing. A poll published in Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail newspaper on Saturday showed the Premier’s personal support had plummeted, along with Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington’s popularity. Labor and the LNP were locked at 50-50 two-party-preferred.

    One backbencher said the poll had shocked Labor MPs, and had some concerned the ongoing issue of Ms Trad was dragging down the Premier’s popularity. “There’s a lot of angst in the backbench, that’s true,” a Labor MP said.

    “There’s some who think she should stay (in cabinet) and there’s some who say she should step back and concentrate on winning her own electorate.”

    Some regional MPs have reported door-knocking in their electorates and having voters expressing disgust with Ms Trad’s handling of her investment property scandal.

    The Deputy Premier failed to properly declare a house bought by her family company near the proposed route for her signature infrastructure project, the $5.4bn Cross River Rail.

    She later had ministerial responsibility for the project taken off her, and the Crime and Corruption Commission said that, although she had not committed a crime or corruption, similar actions should become criminal.

    The CCC is still assessing a separate complaint against Ms Trad, about her involvement in the appointment of the principal of a new school in her electorate. She has denied wrongdoing.

    Maryborough Labor MP Bruce Saunders, a member of the Left faction, said he had advised Ms Trad to “hang on” and stay in cabinet. But he admitted he had had a number of “tense and frank” conversations with the Treasurer, and conceded he had told colleagues in the past he thought she should go.

    Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper — another Labor Left faction MP — said he was a “big fan” of Ms Trad, who had helped him secure $100m in government projects for his marginal north Queensland electorate. “I am a huge Jackie fan, when I get that kind of money for a regional MP,” Mr Harper said.

    Several Labor insiders said Ms Trad should take a leaf out of Ms Jones’s book, and step out of cabinet to fight for her marginal seat. Ms Jones resigned as a minister to (unsuccessfully) fight Campbell Newman’s campaign for her seat of Ashgrove at the 2012 election.

    Ms Trad holds South Brisbane on a 3.6 per cent margin, secured only after the Liberal National Party preferenced Labor ahead of the Greens at the 2017 state election.

    The LNP has already announced it will put Ms Trad last on its how-to-vote cards. And at last year’s federal election the largest booths in Ms Trad’s seat had some of the nation’s biggest swings to the Greens, of up to 15 per cent.

    In the inner-city suburb of West End, brunching university students Olivia Roney, 23, and friend Lucy Heywood, 22, said Ms Trad needed to engage better with younger constituents to gain votes. “They (Labor) are not really engaging with the right platforms,” Ms Roney said.

    Olivia Roney, 23, and friend Lucy Heywood, 22, said Ms Trad needed to engage better with younger constituents. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen
    Olivia Roney, 23, and friend Lucy Heywood, 22, said Ms Trad needed to engage better with younger constituents. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen
    “I’ve noticed there’s been a lot of door knocking, which has probably pissed people (off) for decades, but it’s certainly not the way to engage (with young people).”

    The law and economics student, who runs The Unknown Project to support the education of students from refugee backgrounds, said she would likely vote for the Greens in the election, as she had in 2017.

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    Slo Morons party sold off every cash generating asset in Australia and made Australians slaves to tax revenue from cigarettes and alcohol that most Australians cant afford to buy anymore . The Australian economy is a now basket case the LNP will increase our national debt to a trillion or more dollars in the next few years, any notion of Australia's budget ever rebalancing is a LNP hoax .

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    Australia is Asia white man trash

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    In a few more years we will be owned and operated by China totally.
    Our only hope is the USA.

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    the US is debt ridden as well to 1 trillion a year

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    Our only hope is the USA ??? Australians need to grow a set of balls and learn how to fight equipping ourselves is the only way to ensure our security.

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    How would you do that Krueger???.

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    Krueger, How do you like these numbers.

    New Hampshire results for incumbent.

    Obama 2012 - 49,080 - 81%
    George W 2004 - 52,962 - 80%
    Clinton 1996 - 76,797 - 84%

    All re-elected

    Trump 2020 - (85% reporting) - 116,169 - 85%

    November won't even be close.

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    According to news reports Donny give me another cheeseburger is not happy that his butt boy Roger will soon be sentenced for his crimes, my prediction is Roger will have a heart attack before he gets a chance to spill his guts , news reports are saying that Biden is still a contender LOL .

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    Biden will go to jail as will Pelosi, Schiff will be shafted along with Nadler Pelosi.

    The Muslim bitch will get shafted as well.

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    Sanders is fighting to legislate desperately needed changes in American drug policy , every day thousands of Americans die from legal heroin alcohol tobacco , most people in the world despise Americas drug war, it is not 1933 anymore no one with half a brain believes Trumps propaganda that marijuana is the devils weed .

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    Looking at your posting I would say that the devils weed has you hooked well and truly.

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    our economy will continue to go backwards for as long as we treat health issues as legal issues .

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    Unions at root of Holden death spinKATRINA GRACE KELLY
    12:00AM FEBRUARY 22, 2020143 COMMENTS
    If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is, and eventually the artifice crumbles.

    This week, the utter folly that is enterprise bargaining claimed another high-profile victim. Another business cuts its losses, sacks all the staff, turns the lights off and leaves the country. In this sorry situation there are no winners.

    Looking back, the wages and conditions granted by managers at Holden were irresponsible and absurd. Restrictive, old-fashioned, totally out of touch with reality, too good (for the unions) to be true, and so here we are, at the point where we were always going to arrive; after billions of dollars and so much wasted time and effort, the cupboard is bare and the air is thick with angry grief.


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    Back in 2013, this column exposed, in a series, the embarrassing detail of various enterprise agreements in the car manufacturing sector. At the time, the federal government was deliberating the issue of further support. The Productivity Commission had recommended against it, and after the columns were printed, senior car industry types appeared before various politicians in Canberra, red-faced and spluttering.

    As The Weekend Australian had provided links to the enterprise agreements, everyone could read them. There was no hiding from the ludicrous details.

    It may make sense to subsidise an industry, for security or economic reasons, or it may not. That is for policymakers to ponder. However, when subsidies are granted, it does makes sense to scrutinise how the money is spent or wasted.

    Way back in the old days, before enterprise bargaining at Holden began, the wage of an entry-level process worker was $462.80 a week. In 1992, enterprise bargaining began, and by 2013 a worker at that same classification level had a base rate of $1194.50 a week.

    This represented a 158 per cent increase, or a compound increase of 4.4 per cent year on year for 22 years. By 2013, wage rates for process workers were in the $60,000 to $80,000 a year range, while modern award rates for such workers were in the $37,000 to $42,000 range.

    By 2013, union privileges were beyond the pale. The union controlled Holden sites, it vetted who was employed and dismissed, how they worked and how much they were paid. Union delegates worked full time for the union on the company’s time and acted as paid onsite enforcers for the rules. To hone their skills, Holden was compelled to pay them to attend 10 days of union training a year. The best two delegates, as nominated by the union, were entitled to one paid month off to “further their industrial and/or leadership development”.

    An ex-employee from Adelaide was interviewed and described the workforce as “over-managed”, with one team leader for every six workers on the production line, when one for every 25 workers would suffice. He admitted their work was worth about “20 bucks an hour” and detailed how, years earlier, some of his mates had taken redundancy packages in the order of “$280k plus”.

    Today, the foolish arrangements at Holden continue. The latest GM Holden Warehousing Operations Enterprise Agreement 2018, available on the Fair Work Commission website, does show that in the past three years (2017-2020) the base rate increases moderated to 2 per cent a year. However, the plethora of other payments and restrictive arrangements make for sorry reading. The document, more than 140 pages, is a case study in how enterprise bargaining will kill a business.

    All enterprises with fluctuating workflow need to hire casuals or agency staff in the peaks to supplement their permanent workforce. People are called on as the need arises, but at Holden a staggering list of requirements — more than one page long — must be met before the company can even consider hiring an extra body.

    Providing the criteria are met, a shift plan must be given to the union, which must give its agreement before extra people can be hired. If a casual is hired and works full-time hours continuously for three months, Holden is compelled to give them a permanent job.

    The union has to agree on which labour-hire company can be used — this is a clear pathway to potential corruption as union officials can set up labour-hire companies, take part-ownership or just demand kickbacks.

    Holden’s provisions for forced redundancies are staggering in their largesse. Separation payments of four weeks’ pay per completed year of service are capped at 90 weeks’ pay. On top of this, add four weeks’ notice, another week’s additional separation payment per week of service, uncapped, a maximum of eight weeks’ unused sick leave payment, and pro rata long service leave payments from five years.

    To put it simply, long-term employees can expect redundancy payments of two years’ pay or more. In stark contrast, Australia’s National Employment Standards provide redundancy payouts of no more than 21 weeks’ pay.

    Perhaps the most telling section of the agreement is labelled “Information Sharing”. In a stunning display of idiocy and delusion, Holden management is compelled to provide updates for union officials four times a year, covering its business plan, business plan performance, key forward activities and events, continuous improvement activities, meetings of state committees and union meetings in each facility.

    Considering a handful of union officials were running Holden, they should pack their bags and leave with the rest of the executive team.

    Katrina Grace Kelly is a regular columnist with the Australian. Her early years were spent in the Labour movement, before she started her own industrial relations consulting business. She has written for other ... Read more

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    The Biggest killer to the motor Manufacturing Industry in Australia is cheap imports produced by slave labour in India and China.
    As well the Heavy Taxes in Place by our Governments on Australian consumers.
    Soon it will be our wine buy a bottle of Hardy’s Red here for $28.00 ,the very same Bottle in the Philippines to buy is $8.50 and $3.60 in Vietnam.
    Our Stupid taxes are killing our industries...not unions .
    Unions are the back bone of this Country ,and thanks to them 65% of our population now have a decent Superannuation Entitlement when they retire.

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    Holden closed because most Holden models are inferior unreliable rubbish , the decision by our incompetent politicians to stop buying Holden with Australian tax dollars killed car manufacturing in Australia forever. .

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    Unions did not help

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    The true cost of our former Prime Ministers
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    Scott Morrison is pictured with his predecessor the day then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was toppled. Photo: AAP
    Rachel Eddie
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    Australia’s former Prime Ministers have claimed nearly half a million dollars in just six months to fly around the country and run their offices, analysis shows.

    Not counting their pensions, former leaders charged taxpayers at least $481,381 worth of expenses between January and June this year.

    This figure is likely to increase with the addition of Malcolm Turnbull to the ranks of ousted PMs.

    That move is also costing the Liberal party votes, with the latest Newspoll showing PM Scott Morrison’s approval rating is in negative territory for the first time.

    The survey of 1646 voters suggests the 41 per cent of Australians satisfied with the Prime Minister are outnumbered by the 44 per cent who are dissatisfied.

    The Coalition has dropped one point back on two-party preferred basis, trailing Labor 46-54.

    It was revealed last week that Mr Morrison had granted Mr Turnbull unlimited overseas travel – although each trip must be approved by the prime minister of the day.

    “This amendment determination results from consultations between the Prime Minister and Mr Turnbull about Mr Turnbull’s capacity to travel overseas on government business,” a Senate hearing heard last Monday.

    His wife Lucy will be able to join him on some flights. The shiny new entitlements will be used when Mr Turnbull flies to Bali this week to represent the government at the Our Ocean conference.

    In addition to travel, Mr Turnbull also gets up to three ongoing staff, and one temporary senior adviser for the next 12 months.

    He can charge taxpayers for a fully equipped office, unlimited postage, a smart phone, newspaper subscriptions, a home phone line, private vehicle, and chauffeured ‘Com Car’ trips for travel outside of Sydney.

    His employees can travel within Australia at a total cost of up to $15,000 a year.

    And he is not alone. Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke continue to make use of similar benefits, according to the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA).

    Tony Abbott
    Mr Abbott claimed $5279 for overnight stays as former prime minister, which a spokesperson confirmed he listed as ‘official duties’, in the first six months of the year.

    There were $8251 in domestic flights that corresponded with those overnight stays, and $342 in Com Car charges.

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    Mr Rudd is pictured at the launch of his book The PM Years at Parliament House on Tuesday. Photo: AAP
    Mr Abbott also spent $2535 travelling to Devonport, Tasmania, in June to help the unsuccessful Liberal campaign in the Braddon by-election.

    He is still in Parliament as the local member for Warringah, meaning the majority of his expenses are claimed as a parliamentarian not as former Prime Minister.

    The New Daily was able to confirm at least $13,872 was spent for the first six months of the year solely on his capacity as former prime minister.

    In 2016, Mr Abbott chewed through $24,311 for 65 nights away for trips as former Prime Minister. The Herald Sun reported that sum included campaigning during the 2016 election.

    Fairfax put his annual pension after retirement at $307,542. The figure is based in large part on his various roles in parliament.

    The Finance Department refused to reveal the exact sum of prime ministerial pensions to The New Daily because of “privacy considerations”. The calculations depend on whether a member was elected before or after 2004, because of changes introduced under Mr Howard.

    Kevin Rudd
    Mr Rudd spent $8141 on domestic flights between January and June this year, according to expenditure reports to the IPEA.

    His family also charged $4698 for travel in the first six months of the year.

    Mr Rudd spent $4230 to use a Com Car and $6665 for a private vehicle, along with $56,699 on office facilities. Consumables and office admin cost $1490.

    His staff travelled around the country using $4702 worth of tax dollars between January and June.

    It means Mr Rudd used a total $86,625 in the first six months of the year, not including staff salary or his pension.

    His spokesperson confirmed no entitlements were used to fund the book tour he is on promoting The PM Years, which has been privately funded.

    News Corp put his annual pension at $200,000.

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    Former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are pictured on Tuesday after unveiling Ms Gillard’s official portrait at Parliament House. Photo: AAP
    Julia Gillard
    Ms Gillard spent $7845 on domestic airfares, $4602 using a Com Car and $4920 on a private vehicle in the first six months of the year.

    Taxpayers were also slugged $44,260 on office facilities, another $307 on office admin and consumables, and $1370 on telecommunications.

    Ms Gillard charged $149 for staff travel, $24 for publications, and $115 for printing and other communications.

    Her expenses totalled $63,285 between January and June.

    News Corp reported her annual pension was $200,000.

    John Howard
    Mr Howard spent $4221 in domestic airfares in the first six months of the year, as well as $2117 on Com Car trips and $8928 for a private vehicle.

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    Mr Howard is pictured with the Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma on the campaign trail for last week’s Wentworth by-election. Photo: AAP
    His family spent $1239 in domestic travel. He claimed another $1184 for staff travel.

    Mr Howard’s office cost $126,956 for the first six months of the year, along with $1581 in office admin and consumables.

    He spent $4026 on publications and newspaper subscriptions, and a total $2120 on communications.

    That comes to a total $152,372 in expenses for the first half of the year.

    It’s on top of his pension, reportedly $250,000 a year.

    Paul Keating
    Mr Keating charged $771.29 for domestic airfares and $3733 on Com Car trips in the first six months of the year.

    Mr Keating’s office cost $65,138 between January and June, plus $748 on admin and $486 on consumables.

    He spent $1985 on telecommunications, as well as $824 on employee travel costs.

    That’s a total $73,685 in six months, on top of his annual pension.

    Bob Hawke
    Mr Hawke claimed $7711.48 on domestic airfares between January and June this year.

    Another $1272 went on Com Car trips, while his private vehicle cost $7037 over the six months.

    Mr Hawke’s office facilities cost taxpayers $67,764, plus just $94 on office administrative costs.

    He spent $1884 on newspaper subscriptions and $1684 on telecommunications.

    A staffer flew within Australia at a cost of $4096.

    It means Mr Hawke’s total claimed expenses for the first six months of the year was $91,542.

    Life Gold Pass
    It was under Mr Turnbull’s leadership that the controversial Life Gold Pass was drastically scaled back, closing it to any new parliamentarian who does not become Prime Minister.

    The perk previously allowed all retired MPs free business class travel within Australia.

    Under the current rules, former PMs can take up to 30 domestic return trips a year.

    Their spouse is also allowed 20 domestic return trips a year. A surviving spouse can take up to 10 domestic return flights for five years, followed by five return trips each year thereafter.

    Mr Turnbull has previously said he would not use the benefit.

    MPs who left Parliament before the tightened the rules are entitled to 10 return flights a year if they were a senior office holder, or five return trips if they were a backbencher.

    The trips are supposed to be for the public benefit and not for commercial or private interests.

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    The politicians should get exactly the same means tested pension entitlements that every other Australian gets , the audacity of politicians is that they are entitled to taxpayer welfare that they begrudge paying to the families of hardworking taxpayers who are unemployed.

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    a total rort thats why they go into it ,, the pension package is worth the crap they put up with

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